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How to find the right doctor when you have Medicaid and Medicare

Posted: June 19, 2020

Last updated date: July 30, 2021

Nothing is more precious or more personal than your health. That’s why your relationships with your doctors are so important. You put a lot of trust in your doctors to guide you because you want to be sure you make the best choices for your care. This article will help you find primary care providers and specialists who have experience and are happy to serve those with Medicaid and Medicare.​

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What’s most important to you

That’s a good question to ask yourself. If transportation is an issue, having a doctor who’s nearby or easy to get to could be important. Maybe you want a doctor who speaks the same language. Or, if you have a certain condition or disability, you might look for someone who serves other patients with similar challenges.

Choosing a primary care provider is key

Your primary care provider, or PCP, is the main doctor you’ll see for most of your care. Your PCP knows your personal health history and will take care of wellness exams and preventive care. Your PCP will also connect you with other specialists. For example, if you needed to see someone for mental health counseling, physical therapy or other specialized care, your PCP will get everything set up.

What if you want to keep the doctors you have now

If you enroll in a in a dual health plan it doesn’t automatically mean you have to change doctors. Chances are good that the doctors you see now also accept UnitedHealthcare insurance. Our online search directory makes it easy to check network doctors, specialists and care facilities near you. And for people who do change doctors, it may well be worth it because of all the extra benefits they get with a dual health plan.

Use our online search tool

Our online search tool makes it easy to find a doctor, specialist or any other network provider near you. Just enter your ZIP code. Then you can search by doctor name, type of care, facility, services and treatments to find exactly what you need. You’ll see if they’re accepting new patients, if they take Medicare and more.

See UnitedHealthcare plans in your area.

Dual-eligible or Medicaid plan benefits can change depending on where you live. Search using your ZIP code to find the best plan to meet your health care needs.